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Rainbow flag flies with pride from Havering Town Hall to celebrate LGBT History Month

PUBLISHED: 09:52 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:34 08 February 2018

L-R: Councillor Linda Van den Hende, Mayor of Havering joins celebrations with ward councillors and residents.

L-R: Councillor Linda Van den Hende, Mayor of Havering joins celebrations with ward councillors and residents.

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Havering Council flies the pride flag from Town Hall after calls from campaigners for LGBT History Month to be celebrated in Havering.

Nicholas West and Angelina Learherbarrow, chair of the Romford Labour Party displaying the Pride Flag.Nicholas West and Angelina Learherbarrow, chair of the Romford Labour Party displaying the Pride Flag.

At a ceremony held at the Town Hall, Romford, the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Linda Van den Hende, Cllr Damian White, deputy leader of the council, were joined by council staff, ward councillors and residents, to raise the rainbow flag on Wednesday, February 7.

Campaigners and members of South Hornchurch Labour were preparing a protest for the flag to be flown, outside the Town Hall on February 21.

Now that the flag has been raised, the campaigners are instead preparing for a celebration of pride outside the Town Hall.

Nicholas West from South Hornchurch Labour said: “We welcome Havering Council’s reversal on their original stance.

L-R: Councillor Melvin Wallace, Councillor Damian White, Councillor Linda Van den Hende, Mayor of Havering, Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of Havering Council, with ward councillors, Council staff and residents.L-R: Councillor Melvin Wallace, Councillor Damian White, Councillor Linda Van den Hende, Mayor of Havering, Andrew Blake-Herbert, Chief Executive of Havering Council, with ward councillors, Council staff and residents.

“Originally refusing to fly the flag fuelled a massive interest in the demonstration against their decision.

“On the 21st we will now be celebrating our victory in getting the flag flown, and that we showed the council that Havering will not be silent if they refuse to show any of our communities how much they are welcome and loved there.”

Fay Hough, Rainham added: “I am over the moon that Havering Council have changed their policy to fly the LGBT flag.

“Havering deserves better and we’ll still be sending this message loud and clear on Wednesday from 6pm at the Town Hall.”

LGBT history month recognises the achievements and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

This year’s theme is, Geography: Mapping the World, highlighting the latest nations to legalise same sex marriage.

Cllr Linda Van den Hende said: “We’re proud to fly the rainbow flag in Havering to recognise LGBT History Month.

“It is a symbol of the Council’s support for the LGBT community and other community groups in Havering.”

“It is a privilege to be part of such a significant event in Havering’s history, and I am so proud to be part of a council administration that truly values equality and our LGBT+ residents,” said Cllr Alex Donald from the East Havering Residents’ Group, and former chair of the Havering LGBT+ forum.


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